Infringing sovereignty: Musharraf criticises US action

Musharraf called bin Laden’s death a “positive step” and criticised the US for launching the raid within...

Reuters May 03, 2011

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf called Osama bin Laden’s death on Monday a “positive step” but criticised the United States for launching the raid on the al Qaeda leader within Pakistan’s borders.

Musharraf told Reuters that Pakistani intelligence ought to have known bin Laden was living in Abbottabad. He also said al Qaeda supporters may take revenge against the United States and Pakistan.

Describing the killing as a victory for the people of Pakistan, Musharraf said: “It’s a very positive step and it will have positive long-term implications.” “Today we won a battle, but the war against terror will continue,” Musharraf said in Dubai, where he has a home.

Musharraf said, however, that the operation had infringed on Pakistan’s sovereignty: “It’s a violation to have crossed Pakistan’s borders,” he said in an interview.

Musharraf also criticised Pakistan’s intelligence apparatus for failing to find bin Laden, whose group staged the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

“It’s an intelligence failure,” said Musharraf. “The intelligence ought to have known.”

Pakistani authorities were told the details of the raid on bin Laden only after it had taken place, highlighting a lack of trust between Washington and Islamabad.

Musharraf called bin Laden’s decision to hide near Islamabad, rather than in the remote regions of the country where he was thought to be hiding, “an intelligent act”.

At the same time, Musharraf admitted that the attack came at a time when al Qaeda’s influence in Pakistan had been replaced by growing Taliban influence.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2011.



Ella Minnow | 11 years ago | Reply "If a State is manifestly failing to protect its citizens from mass atrocities and peaceful measures are not working, the international community has the responsibility to intervene at first diplomatically, then more coercively, and as a last resort, with military force." "Threshold for military interventions According to the International Commission for Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) Report in 2001 (which was not adopted by national governments), any form of a military intervention initiated under the premise of responsibility to protect must fulfill the following six criteria in order to be justified as an extraordinary measure of intervention: 1. Just Cause 2. Right Intention 3. Final Resort 4. Legitimate Authority 5. Proportional Means 6. Reasonable Prospect" The full document is available at- After reading this document, I find it unimaginable that Musharaf is claiming that U.S. violated Pakistan's sovereignty when they invaded bin Laden's hideout.
lucy | 11 years ago | Reply Look who is talking?
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